Munster XV named for visit of Glasgow

Diarmuid Barron during a Munster rugby squad training session at Thomond Park. Photo: Eóin Noonan.

THE Munster team has been named for Friday’s sold-out URC clash against leaders Glasgow Warriors at Musgrave Park (7.35pm).

Munster show three changes to the side that fell to Leinster for Friday night’s URC visit of leaders Glasgow Warriors.

Alex Nankivell is included at inside centre, Seán O’Brien starts on the wing and Academy lock Edwin Edogbo comes into the second row.

A positional switch for Shane Daly sees him move to full-back.

Oli Jager is included among the replacements and in line to make his Munster debut after recently joining the province from the Crusaders.

Daly, Calvin Nash and O’Brien start in the back three with Nankivell and Antoine Frisch in midfield as Craig Casey and Jack Crowley continue their half-back partnership.

The front row of Jeremy Loughman, Diarmuid Barron and Stephen Archer is unchanged with Edogbo joining Tadhg Beirne in the engine room.

Tom Ahern makes his second start in an unchanged back row that also includes John Hodnett and Gavin Coombes.

Scott Buckley, Dave Kilcoyne and Jager provide the front row back-up with Fineen Wycherley, Academy back row Brian Gleeson and Alex Kendellen completing the forward cover.

Kendellen is set to make his 50th Munster appearance.

Conor Murray and Rory Scannell are the backline replacements.

On the injury front, Jean Kleyn, John Ryan and Simon Zebo were unavailable for selection due to knocks.

Munster: Shane Daly; Calvin Nash, Antoine Frisch, Alex Nankivell, Seán O’Brien; Jack Crowley, Craig Casey; Jeremy Loughman, Diarmuid Barron (captain), Stephen Archer; Edwin Edogbo, Tadhg Beirne; Tom Ahern, John Hodnett, Gavin Coombes.

Replacements: Scott Buckley, Dave Kilcoyne, Oli Jager, Fineen Wycherley, Brian Gleeson, Conor Murray, Rory Scannell, Alex Kendellen.